Monday, January 2, 2012

Manifesto of Why Shut Them All Down

I discovered just how poorly these plants were being run and how poorly
 they were designed from the get-go.    And then I discovered how one of
 the basic premises of risk control, separation of risks, was completely
 ignored.   That being that the used fuel rods were the most dangerous
part of the plant, but for "convenience" the most dangerous things were
stored right next too or even RIGHT ON TOP OF the reactors themselves. 

This is done to conserve cost, if they were to ship off the
rods to somewhere else, it would cost them money, however, they can just
 store them at their "approved nuclear facility" and thus just kick the
can down the road -- increasing current profits while increasing the
potential disaster 100's of times over.
THEN on top of that complete
irresponsible behavior, the nuke operators also decided to not just
stack the rods together with the original design spacing, but they
decided to increase storage capacity by packing in the rods even
tighter.   What happens is that the closer they are, the more the
neutrons from one rod affect and “excite” the neutrons from adjacent
rods, and that is the whole process of nuclear fission is that neutron
excitement, the whole process of control of nuclear processes is control
 of the neutrons and the material spacing.
Well, so our nuclear
scientists decided to stack the used rods even closer, and they ran some
 calculations that showed that if the spacing was smaller, and they used
 chemical laced water as a cooling fluid, along with a heat removal heat
 exchanger and an electrically operated pump to ensure continuous
movement of the cooling water THEN all would be fine….they could run
like that for decades until the used fuel “aged” became easier to deal
with.      IF all that occurred, and if it didn’t the used fuel pool
would overheat, the water would boil off, and an uncontrolled nuclear
reaction would occur, spewing forth even more deadly radiation than from
 the original nuclear fission process used to BOIL WATER.  
When I
found that out, I knew immediately that this whole industry has become
corrupt and intellectually dishonest to the core so to speak.    At
Fukushima, they put the fuel tanks for the back up generators right on
the ocean, probably for ease of refueling from a boat, but who cares the
 real reason, the bottom line is that very stupid decisions were made,
and no one was effectively over seeing it. 
Nuclear is too strong
for humans, humans cannot be trusted with this toy.   Over time, greed,
economic downturns, periods of bad government, periods of industry
regulator ‘capture’, natural disasters, aging facilities, and ignorance
and denial, all lead to an OBVIOUS CONCLUSION.  Nuclear will wipe out
and mutate our species unless we just say NO.

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